How to make your own Hot Chocolate Bombes
It seems everyone can’t get enough of hot chocolate bombes this year, and there’s no wonder they’re so popular – the excitement of pouring warm milk over a chocolate orb, then watching as mini marshmallows burst forth and it transforms into a delicious hot chocolate… it’s a thing a joy for both the young and young at heart. It’s surprisingly easy to make your own, and we’ve gathered everything you need along with step-by-step instructions. A perfect rainy-day activity to do with the kids – especially when it ends with you all enjoying one for yourself!
What you’ll need
- 20-Cup Silicone Mini Hemisphere Mould
- Chocolate to melt
- Drinking chocolate
- Mini marshmallows
- Decorating brush or pastry brush
Let’s get making!
Start by melting the chocolate of your choice – you could use both white and milk chocolate to create a contrast of colours on your chocolate bombes. Once you’ve melted your chocolate, use a food-safe brush to paint a layer of chocolate into the mould. When you’ve filled all the holes (or as many as you need), pop the mould in the fridge until the chocolate has set.
Once the chocolate hemispheres have set, gently remove them from the mould (the flexible silicone makes it easy to pop them out). Fill half of the shells with a generous teaspoonful of cocoa powder, or, for a really luxurious hot chocolate, use real chocolate flakes (we used Charbonnel et Walker Drinking Chocolate), and add a couple of mini marshmallows.
To turn your half-shells into bombes, take an empty shell and dip the edge in melted chocolate before pressing together with one of your shells containing the hot chocolate and marshmallows. Hold in place for a couple of seconds and leave. Repeat until you’ve assembled all of your bombes, pop on a tray and place in the fridge to set.
The finishing touches
Once your hot chocolate bombes have set, it’s time to get creative and decorate them. If they’re a gift, you could personalise them by piping on the recipient’s initials or name (if it’s short!) in chocolate or icing, or pipe on chocolate and add some sprinkles before it sets. We piped on lines of white chocolate and sprinkled freeze-dried raspberry pieces on some – and on others we added a bit of bling by piping a line of chocolate around the join of the bombe before adding shimmery 100s and 1000s.
The perfect gift
Hot chocolate bombes make such a lovely gift for any friends or family with a sweet tooth, and they’ll be all the more special as they’re made by your own fair hands. Simply pop a couple in a clear presentation bag, tie with some ribbon and add a gift tag and you’ve got a gift they’ll love.
Of course, you’ll have to try one (or a few) yourself, you know, just to make sure they work…